Gunner takes part in his first Royal Salute

Army Reserve soldiers from Blyth fired a Royal Salute to wish the Queen a happy birthday at the weekend.

The Geordie Gunners from 101 Regiment Royal Artillery fired the salute over the River Ouse from Museum Gardens in York.

And it was a completely new experience for Gunner David Scott, 19, from Blyth, who joined the Regiment’s gun crews in firing the Royal Salute.

David, a uniformed services student at Wallsend’s TyneMet college, said: “The Royal Salute has been an amazing experience and one that will stick in my memory.

“I was the Number 5 in the gun crew passing the shells to be loaded.

“This is a complete change from working with the Multiple Launch Rocket System which our Regiment fired only recently.

“I was in the Officers’ Command Post for that exercise.

“As a new signaller I was learning how to send fire missions and taking radio messages. I really enjoyed it.”

Crowds were entertained by The Yorkshire Regiment Band which marched through the city to the gardens

Each Royal Salute consists of 21 rounds being fired at ten-second intervals. York is one of 12 saluting stations in Britain.